News Bites for Busy Moms


Phoenix Lime Shortage

Limes in my backyard!

Our lime tree is finally producing limes, and it seems just in time. There’s apparently a lime shortage in Phoenix. I wondered what was going on when I paid 79 cents for one lime over the weekend.  Usually they run 3 or 4 for a dollar. The lime shortage is due to problems with the crops in Mexico because of bad weather and disease. Even drug cartel violence hurt exports from one region.

The lime shortage has hurt restaurants celebrating Cinco de Mayo. In fact, some are rewarding customers with an “almost free” drink if you bring in a 5 pound bag of limes. Whether that’s worth a run to the grocery store or not is up to you. I guess if you have a crop in the backyard, it wouldn’t be so bad.

Hashtag Shopping

The Twittersphere will soon get a whole lot more shopper-friendly. Twitter and Amazon are teaming up to allow consumers to shop straight from a tweet. So let’s say your best friend tweets “Love this new #blahblahblah (add product link here)” … all you have to do is reply #amazoncart and it will be added to your cart. Yikes! Scary right? Online shopping is already way too easy.

Summer Movie Fun 

Later this month, Harkins Movie Theaters kicks off its Summer Movie Fun program. For just $7, you get 10 weeks of movies. I paid the $14 bucks for my son and I last year, but to me, the majority of the movies were too old for him. This year though, it’s a whole different story. He’s older, plus the movies look great including a rerun of one of his favorites “The Lego Movie.” Everything is awesome…

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The last few years have brought big changes for Emily. After spending years in high-stress, deadline-driven TV jobs in East Coast metros, family circumstances brought her and her husband Joel to the Arizona desert. Now this former news junkie is a stay-at-home mom to Miles, a fast-talking toddler with energy to spare. She spends her days teaching him about faith, letters, numbers and manners. Whenever he’s asleep she boots up the laptop to write for North Phoenix Moms Blog and other freelance gigs. Whatever spare time she has left is spent on a hike with her family or a rare date night with Joel, at the gym, coffee and dinner with friends, or in her craft room creating simple, beautiful jewelry for her online boutique, Hazel & May, and giving too many treats to her pups, Pepper and Gizmo.



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